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The Week Ahead: 15th – 21st December 2019

  Tuesday 17th December: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9am. Weather permitting, work commences at 9.30am at Trebanos Locks. We will continue to repair the bank south of the locks and remove weed. This will be the final working day for 2019. The Society thanks its team of...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th December 2019

  Today’s forecast was for continuous rain so we abandoned plans the continue with bank reinforcement at Trebanos. Instead, we assembled in the Hidden Lock site and busied ourselves with a variety of tasks. In contrast to the dire forecast, the first part of the morning was fairly dry so we built the block wall...

Christmas Dinner: Thursday 5th December 2019

  “All Work And No Play Makes Gordon A Dull Boy” Or so says the proverb. On Thursday, we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas Dinner and a good, old-fashioned sing-song at the Ynysmeudwy Arms. We all had a grand time even if the soloists probably will not be auditioning for the Welsh National Opera. Back to...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 8th – Saturday 14th December 2019

Tuesday 10th December: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9am. Due to the expected awful weather, volunteers should assemble at the Hidden Lock Site at 9:30am when tasks will be assigned according to weather conditions. Please bring your Festive clothes, hats, etc. for Gill’s filming. 

Work Party Two: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  WORK PARTY TWO OF TWO – BYWASH BRIDGING The second, smaller group of volunteers stayed in the Hidden Lock site to start on constructing a new crossing of the temporary by-wash. This is needed to provide safer, sturdier, easier vehicular access to the far side of the site. The first phase is to reinforce...

Work Party One: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

  WORK PARTY ONE OF TWO – COMMUNITY GARDENING Half of our Tuesday volunteers forsook the towpath for the Swansea suburb of Townhill today. We became a garden clearance team on behalf of a gentleman with Asperger’s who, after the death of his parents, is finding it difficult to control the bramble and weeds in...

AMs Visit The Canal: Friday 29th November 2019

  Today was all about Rebecca Evans, AM for Gower, and Jeremy Miles, AM for Neath. They came to check up on progress with the dredging and to meet our colleagues from Glandwr Cymru and the hard workers from Land and Water Services. Jeremy and Rebecca are long time supporters of Swansea Canal Society. Here...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 1st – Saturday 7th December 2019

Monday 2nd December Monthly business meeting of the Swansea Canal Society at the Vadre Rugby Club, Hebron Road, Clydach at 7pm. All welcome. [See Home Page -> Useful Documents for papers.] Tuesday 3rd December Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9am. Two volunteer groups will be in action: Work...

Work Party: Tuesday 26th November 2019

  The volunteers assembled at the Ynysmeudwy Locks and decided that, as bad weather was forecast, to abandon all hope of wall repairs and pointing. Rather, they concentrated on removing weed and silt from the pound between the locks. Gordon rigged his Mark 2 dredger operated by a system of pulleys driven by man-power and...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 24th – Saturday 30th November 2019

Tuesday 26th November: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9am. Weather permitting, work commences at 9.30am at Ynysmeudwy Locks, where we will be continuing with repointing the chamber and rebuilding the nearside wall of the upper lock and clearing silt from the pound between the locks. Friday 29th November:...

Dredging: Tuesday 19th November 2019

  Land and Water hard at work today just upstream of Coed Gwilym bridge. A problem was a large obstruction at the bridge that hampered the passage of the full barges. In the first two photos, Gordon goes fishing and the expert driver tries unsuccessfully to drag it out. No matter, work continued. The plan...

Work Party: Tuesday 19th November 2019

  Today was cold but bright – a lovely day for working on the cut. The volunteers assembled at Trebanos Locks to reinforce another stretch of the bank and at Coed Gwilym Park where refurbishment of the railings continued. At the same time, the dredging continued at the bridge in Coed Gwilym Park – this...